What was the moment like when they called your name?
I couldn’t take in air because first of all I was trying to look good in my tight, gold, Pamela Dennis dress — the sequins on the side were digging into my skin. I was in such pain. I have never been so overwhelmed and terrified in my life. It was the first win for “West Wing.” I was the first category up for “West Wing,” so I just felt electricity from all the people in my section. It was completely overwhelming and I’m getting chills thinking about it.
What else happened that night?
I remember making the choice to sit on Martin (Sheen)’s lap backstage. It was in the tabloids like “best ass.” I was like “Holy shit!” It made me look so curvaceous, but I actually don’t have much of an ass at all — especially by today’s standards of what a good ass is — it’s really lacking. But that picture made it look like I had a really voluptuous ass. It was just a camera angle and the dress, and it’s a very funny picture.
Admiring Allison Janney Gallery > Events > 2015 > 08-10: CBS, CW And Showtime 2015 Summer TCA Party
Emmy- and Oscar-winning actress Ellen Burstyn has landed a whopper of a guest role on Season 3 of Mom — where she’ll play Shirley, the woman who gave birth to Allison Janney’s Bonnie, TVLine has learned.
“She plays Bonnie’s biological mother,” Janney revealed to TVLine Monday night at CBS’ TCA bash, adding that the character’s reappearance — Shirley abandoned her daughter at age four, and hasn’t laid eyes on her since — “upends” Bonnie’s relationship with her own offspring Christy (Anna Faris).
Admiring Allison Janney Gallery > Masters of Sex > 304 “Undue Influence”
Most actors are happy if they create one character memorable enough to win an Emmy Award. Allison Janney has six of the trophies on her mantelpiece.
“It’s an exciting life I picked, I tell you, and one I didn’t expect,” says the statuesque, 55-year-old actress.
“When I first started out in this business, with my size (she’s 1.83m tall) and whatever, I couldn’t even get arrested in this business.
“I was ecstatically surprised when it turned out there was a place for me in this industry.”
Any doubt about her career choice must have been finally banished last year when she won Emmys for her roles in both Mom and Masters Of Sex, having previously won four times for her work on the political drama The West Wing.
Congrats to Allison, nominated for both Mom and Masters of Sex!
Mom and Masters of Sex star Allison Janney, nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series and Guest Actress in a Drama Series
“I am so proud to be associated with these two brilliant shows and am so in love with the complicated characters and compelling story lines they bring my way.”
Admiring Allison Janney Gallery > Events > 2015 > 06-27: Premiere Of Universal Pictures And Illumination Entertainment’s “Minions”